At A Glance

  • Age: 19 years, 1 months
  • Breed: Golden Retriever
  • Gender: Female
  • Weight: 80.00 lbs
  • Location: Spicer, MN
  • Status: Deceased


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Mid B.

In addition to LOVE this dog has the following requirements:Entered Foster CareFenceKid FriendlyAnother DogCat Friendly3/21/14 Not required
Age 10+
This is the most recent information available; however, it may change as we learn more about the dog.

Please welcome Sandy to RAGOM and her new Golden Life! Sandy is an almost-11-year-old breeder girl who is ready to settle in to the joys of retirement. Actually, she is well into settling already. Sandy is a very dignified lady. She moves slowly (but steadily) and is no hurry to get things done on a schedule. We’re always told “to stop and smell the roses.” This is what Sandy already does on her walks. We have taken numerous short walks every day and Sandy makes sure that she has a good sniff of everything she comes near.

For a dog who never was in a house or car before, she is doing remarkably well. She rides like a champ. She has had one accident indoors, but is now coming to us to let us know that she needs to go out, which is not bad for her first week.

We went to the Vet on Tuesday. She has a number of issues that need to be cleared up – intestinal parasites and bacteria as well as infections in both ears. We’re treating all of these and will go back to the Vet in two weeks. She takes medication well and will allow us to handle her mouth and ears with no problem. She also has some mammary tumors, which will need to be removed and analyzed. These will be taken out at the same time that she is spayed. Our Vet says that, for an old dog, she has great hips with a very good range of motion.

Sandy is cat approved. She totally ignores our two cats and our cats do not show any fear or concern. We had our four grandkids (ages 8 – 14) here for several days this week. She enjoyed the kids, especially when they would spend time combing her or lying next to her on the floor playing board games or reading a book.


After about a day of constant commotion, however, she spent most of her time on her dog bed in our bedroom away from the chaos.

Sandy and our resident dog (12-year-old Harley) are getting along fine. For the first two days, Sandy would grrrr to let Harley know that she needed her space. She would also signal, by grrrring, that she didn’t like Harley getting any attention from us. Harley is a very patient soul and listened to what she was saying and respected her space. After a couple of days, Sandy is now much more confident and no longer seems concerned. In fact, the two dogs sleep next to each other at night in adjoining dog beds in our bedroom and will share attention from us. They walk well together. Sandy is a good, but deliberate, walker on just a flat (Martingale) collar.

Sandy is such a sweetheart who just wants to be with us wherever we are. Everything is new to her, so she is often surprised and sometimes scared by new things, but she is brave and seems to be able to work her way through things. She discovered soft, comfy dog beds within an hour of her arrival. Life indoors for Sandy is a trip from dog bed to dog bed as she follows us around the house.


More to come on this sweet girl as we get to know her better.

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